Man sentenced to 9 years for child porn

Posted March 02, 2009, at 8:36 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:03 a.m.

BANGOR — A Topsfield man who served a year in prison for molesting a 10-year-old girl was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to nine years in prison for possessing child pornography.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock also sentenced Jeffrey Horton, 42, to 10 years of supervised release after the completion of his prison term. In addition, the judge ordered Horton to pay a $1,000 fine. He will be required to register as a sex offender.

Federal court in Bangor was the only court in the state open Monday. The snowstorm that engulfed the East Coast shut down Maine state government, including the courts.

Horton has been held without bail since he was arrested May 9, 2007, in northern Iowa after being indicted by a federal grand jury two months earlier. He was convicted in November 2007 of possession of child pornography after a two-day trial. The time he has been held since that conviction will count toward his sentence.

The sentencing was delayed because last summer Horton decided to change attorneys. His reasons were not revealed in court documents.

Horton, according to a report previously published in the Bangor Daily News, apparently moved to Iowa after he was released from prison on the conviction in 2005 for unlawful sexual contact. He had moved to Maine from Iowa in the summer of 2004, according to court documents, and lived with a relative in Topsfield.

The investigation that led to the state and federal charges against Horton began in February 2005, when the state Department of Health and Human Services notified the Maine State Police that a 10-year-old girl had told classmates Horton had sexually abused her.

Investigators found nearly 500 images of child pornography after seizing his laptop computer and a CD. At least 27 of the minors depicted in the images from Horton’s computer were identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to court documents.

The girl told police she had seen pornographic pictures on Horton’s computer, according to the BDN report. He initially denied any inappropriate sexual contact with the girl, but confirmed she occasionally had slept in his bed.

While Horton was serving his prison time for molesting the girl, he was indicted by the Washington County grand jury on charges of possession of child pornography. That prosecution was turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Horton faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the federal charge of possession of child pornography. If he had been convicted on the state charge of unlawful sexual contact before the images were found on his computer, he would have faced a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence in federal prison.

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